Nancy Dexter's journalistic career began sideways: as a copy-typist with the Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser.
She got a cadetship with the Melbourne Herald in 1950 but was retrenched, only to return 10 years later as a journalist in the women's section.
Six years later she moved to The Age where she documented the second wave of feminism with courageous and robust commonsense in her column "Nancy Dexter Takes Note".
She brought the same approach to Accent where, as editor for seven years, she balanced traditional content with hard coverage of women's issues.
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